Join us for summer 2017

Apply by April 1


The Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford is a 6-week theater and performance program that uniquely combines the study of Shakespeare's text, contemporary ensemble training and the opportunity to rehearse and perform in two Shakespeare productions in repertory. Now entering its fourth season, SA@S provides fourteen students from around the U.S and abroad with a rigorous, collaborative and immersive conservatory-like experience. In addition to daily ensemble workshops and weekly work-in-progress showings, SA@S ensemble members participate in workshops and master classes with internationally recognized leaders in acting, Shakespeare’s text, Droznin, Lucid Body, voice, clown and Shakespeare scholarship.



PROGRAM DATES: June 26- August 8, 2017

SUMMER 2017 PRODUCTIONS: Measure for Measure The Tempest

Students entering college, attending college, or recent college graduates are eligible to apply to Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford's 2017 Ensemble. We seek applicants from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Prior training in theater and/or Shakespeare is not a requirement for admission. Rather, we look for evidence of the applicant's desire to create, a strong work ethic, and readiness to jump in, collaborate, and take risks as part of a sustained ensemble-development process.



Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford requires all applications to be made through the online application platform Acceptd. The application includes a series of written responses inviting you to share your interest in and any experiences with ensemble and Shakespeare. You will also be asked to upload a resume, current photo and a short video submission. Additionally you will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation and/or the contact information of an instructor or artistic professional who is willing to serve as a reference for you.

The application deadline is April 1. Once we review your application, you may be contacted to participate in an virtual interview. Please visit Acceptd to view the application in more detail and to apply:

*Please note there is a $30 application fee.  If the application fee presents a substantial restriction to your ability to apply, please email the program at to be considered for a fee waiver.



Acceptance to the program will be made on the basis of the written application and submitted materials, as well as a possible interview. Casting will be balanced between the two productions. Once roles have been assigned, students will be required to do substantial preparatory work in order to arrive in Stratford off-book with all lines learned for both plays on day one. 



Tuition for Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford is $3750. Local housing is provided by the Mighty Quinn Foundation. All travel, food, and additional living expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Deposits. To secure your place in the program, a $250 deposit must be paid within one week of the time we notify you of your acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards your tuition. Your second deposit of $1500 is due May 15, 2017 and the remaining balance on June 15, 2017.

Withdrawal. If you need to withdraw from the program, you may receive a full refund of tuition paid if you notify SA@S in writing by May 15, 2017. Between May 16 and June 5, you may receive a 50% tuition refund. No refund, of any kind, will be available after June 5.



The Quinn Rooney Shakespeare Scholarship is a need-based tuition scholarship, awarded by our sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization, the Mighty Quinn Foundation. Applicants for the scholarship should complete the optional scholarship section of the program application, which will ask for written responses and a statement of financial need.



College credit is not currently available to students who attend Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford. However, if you would like to pursue arrangements to receive credit through your own college or university (as an internship, study abroad, or off-campus study program for example), the SA@S staff will be happy to assist you in this process.



  • Applications open January 1
  • Final application deadline April 1
  • Notification of acceptance by April 15
  • Casting in both Measure for Measure and The Tempest by end of May via virtual casting process
  • Independent preparatory work in May and June to be off book for both plays by arrival in Stratford
  • Program dates: June 26 - August 8
  • Measure for Measure directed by Artistic Director Brian McManamon and The Tempest directed by Guest Director Jessi D. Hill. Performances: July 29 - August 6



We are happy to speak with you at any time about the program and the application process. Please contact us at